Fairfax and News to boycott World Cup
The two main news publishers in Australian, Fairfax and News Corp, have withdrawn from officially covering the 2015 rugby union World Cup in England and Wales The Australian is reporting. The news organisations have allegedly pulled the pin due to the strict control demanded by the International Rugby Board over reporters and their organisations.
Ten-Foxtel tie up to combat threat of Google
Fresh off the back of Ten inking a $1.2 billion advertising joint venture with MCN, the boss of the network, Hamish McLennan, has told The Australian Financial Review the whispers that Google is making a bid for AFL or NRL sports rights is "10 out of 10 scary". McLennan indicated the to the AFR that the deal would help the network surpass the current broadcast TV turf wars and counter rapidly emerging competitors in the online video sector.
Sky shareholders block News Corp's offer
Sky Shareholders are demanding more money from News Corp, if they are going to accept the publisher's offer to buy the news channel. The Australian is reporting that Sky News shareholders Seven, Nine and BSkyB have rejected News Corp’s $20 million offer to buy the news channel, demanding a figure that almost triples it.
Netflix and Fetch join sports rights discussions
Both the AFL and NRL have held discussions with multi-national digital companies such as Netflix, Fetch TV and Google over joining the race for broadcast rights The AFR is reporting. Both sporting codes are understood to have met with the online steaming services and digital companies in recent weeks, adding them to the list of likely bidders for broadcast rights later in the year alongside free-to-air and pay-television networks and the big telcos.
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